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orthopnea, orthopny

a respiratory ailment in which the sufferer can breathe only when standing upright. — orthopneic, adj.
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Noun1.orthopnea - form of dyspnea in which the person can breathe comfortably only when standing or sitting erect; associated with asthma and emphysema and angina pectoris
dyspnea, dyspnoea - difficult or labored respiration


n. ortópnea, dificultad para respirar excepto en posición erecta.
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Increased respiratory effort was characterized by a tail bob, open-mouth breathing, and an orthopneic position with head and wings extended.
In the physical examination the dog was apathetic in an orthopneic position, severely dyspneic and cyanotic.